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Steve Jobs changed the way we interact with technology

Posted October 21, 2011 by | 4 Comments

The sleek, distinctive look of Apple’s products certainly changed the world of industrial design. But the revered Steve Jobs also changed the way that designers interact with technology with the Macintosh, a personal computer introduced in 1984 that is now used by most of the world’s graphic designers.
And speaking of innovative Macintosh design – a designer takes the bubbly fun iMac of yesteryear and …

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EAMES WORDS – Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship

Posted October 20, 2011 by | 26 Comments

 By Beth Topping
Simply put, Charles and Ray Eames formed one of the most celebrated American design teams of the 20th century.  Their collaborations in furniture, film, photography and textiles drew on their mutual inspirations and a simple philosophy about form and function.  Once, when asked what was more important, beauty or function, Charles Eames famously said, “I should make a choice between keeping my …

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Shepard Fairey, RETNA, David Wiseman at WEHO Library Tuesday Night

Posted October 17, 2011 by | 3 Comments

“. . .  the library is one of the seven or eight most impressive pieces of public architecture to open in Southern California in a decade,” writes Christopher Hawthorne about the new West Hollywood library (designed by architects Johnson Favaro), and among the many elements that make it eye candy for visitors is the public art — a white coral tree wending out of the …

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Win Tickets to See Schindler’s Lovell Beach House!

Posted October 12, 2011 by | 43 Comments

If you love architecture, you will know the feeling of yearning to visit a remarkable building that you have seen in photographs but cannot experience in the flesh.
For many years that has been the case for R.M. Schindler’s  Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach,
But now, you very well may just be able to enjoy such a rare opportunity.

KCRW’s DnA Blog has three pairs of tickets to …

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“The preoccupation with self-expression . . .” — Eames, A+D, LACMA, JF Chen, LAMA, CicLAvia

Posted October 8, 2011 by | 1 Comment

“The preoccupation with self-expression is no more appropriate to the world of art than it is to surgery—That does not mean I would reduce self-expression to zero. I am sure that the really great surgeons operate on the edge of intuition. But the rigorous constraints in surgery – these are important in any art.” Charles Eames
This is just one of the pithy observations delivered by …

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Eames Words, and Words About Steve Jobs

Posted October 6, 2011 by | 20 Comments

I am very excited about the opening tonight at A+D Museum of Eames Words, a fresh and inventive take — by Eames office alumni Deborah Sussman and Tina Beebe, along with graphic designer Andrew Byrom, architects M/Arch and a large volunteer team – on the influence of Charles and Ray Eames (discussed on this DnA).
But while we celebrate the contribution of these amazing designers, it is hard not …

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